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My name is Ray, though I often go by musicalman online. My main interest is music technology (especially retro stuff). Snes has always been one of my favorite video game sound systems because it straddles that line between real music and synthesized music. When I discovered AddmusicK (a tool that allows one to insert custom music into SMW), it was a dream come true pretty much. It took me a few months to become comfortable with the ins and outs, but when I reached that point, I eventually figured out what SMWC was, and have been helping with some fairly techy porting things and doing an occasional port/request.
AS for a little about me, my interest in music started early. When I was 4 I started taking piano lessons. When I was 10 I started doing more classical lessons and I think it refined my playing and listening, though classical was never something I considered myself naturally adept in. I've always been more into improvisation.
Until I was a teenager I had very little exposure to electronic music or the technology that created it. I was always fascinated with it and wanted to know more, though. At one point, I decided I might as well pursue this interest and just go for it more or less, and have enjoyed every step of the way. So geeking out over retro sound chips I guess was just one more thing to try. My keyboard skills help me greatly when coming up with ideas though. I do make non-retro stuff with more modern synths. I often sample sounds from these synths and make BRR sampels for my ports. I also play a lot of live music, mostly jazz. But my style preferences are wide ranging. I prefer instrumental music without lyrics though.
I've also taken a great interest in sound design and recording especially in a musical context. I have an ear for detail and articulation. My upbringing with acoustic music has never left me, so my creative ideas always stem around making more acoustic things, with electronic influences sometimes thrown in. Maybe that's why a lot of my ports are orchestral in nature. I dunno lol. Maybe I'll change it up soon.